A Galveston restaurant established by a Pakistani entrepreneur is closing its doors after months of alleged harassment, according to The Houston Chronicle.
Late last year, Asad Khan said he arrived at his island establishment ZaZa Bar & Bites to find the front of the business was vandalised. It was covered in bacon and bacon grease.
Khan, who immigrated to the US from Pakistan in 1993, is Muslim. There is a religious prohibition on Muslims regarding the consumption or handling of pork.
He filed a report with the Galveston police right after the incident. Since then, he said the harassment has intensified.
Khan explained that he ultimately made the difficult decision to shut down his restaurant.
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“In the last seven weeks or so, [the] calls become worse. I did not enjoy being called “sand n****r” [ a derogatory term used to refer to someone of Arab descent] or people telling me that I will die in ZaZa,” he added.
“I opened ZaZa [as] a happy little fun project; this was supposed to [be] fun and love. Never did I think that people in Galveston are so closed-minded,” he said.
“People want me dead because of me being a Muslim. I am honestly sick to my stomach. And frankly, fearful.”
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